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The Berenstain Bears & Too Much Junk Food Paperback – Picture Book, March 12, 1985
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- Publisher : Random House Books; 1st edition (March 12, 1985)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0394872177
- ISBN-13 : 978-0394880198
- Reading age : 3 - 7 years
- Lexile measure : AD630L
- Grade level : Preschool - 2
- Item Weight : 3.21 ounces
- Dimensions : 8 x 0.12 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Clearly I should have done more research. This book does not promote moderation or good health. It promotes body shaming and the importance of being thin.
The mom doesn’t give the junk food a second thought until she notices her kids getting fat and becomes completely disgusted with them. She takes them to the doctor who agrees that they are fat and disgusting and even pinches the dad’s stomach fat (boundaries?!?!) to shame him for his weight as well. So they all get put on an exercise regimen (to be clear - the kids have to work out to lose weight, there’s nothing here about kids just playing and exercising because it’s fun) and a permanent diet. And they all got to a socially acceptable weight and never ate junk food again. The end.
I threw this book in the trash. Please don’t buy it.
I left in the part where the doctor pinches Papa’s belly fat. It’s funny.
Kids like this book, but it contains insensitive, outdated 1980’s body image portrayals. I don’t want my young daughters to obsess over their body fat percentage, or call other kids “Chubby.”
There’s lots of great stuff about how the body works and which healthy food helps each system. My 5-year-old loves it.
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Mama Bear notices that her cubs are constantly snacking on junk foods - crisps, buttered popcorn, candy. At first, she lets her observations slide, but one day, she notices the cubs are starting to become overweight. Papa Bear, it turns out, has been gaining weight as well. That sends her into action; she gathers up all the treats and goodies in the house, hides them away, and vows that the family will start over, and eat healthy, nourishing food.
The book discusses what types of foods are healthy and nourishing: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, milk and cheese, and fresh meats. It encourages drinking water rather than soda. Dr Grizzly chats to the cubs about how each food group benefits the body. The Bears all focus on eating healthier meals, they all take up jogging to get fit, and Mama makes an effort to prepare healthier snacks for the cubs (fresh fruit, nuts, raisins, carrot sticks), rather than relying as much on food from packets.
I have very few reservations about reading this book to my daughter. The cubs are described as "getting chubbier", which is presented as a bad thing in the book, and the Bears' weight gain is clearly tied to less than ideal food choices (which are described as "bad habits"). So, there may be a risk of projecting poor body image and anxiety about food. That said, I think the risk is very small, and nobody's food choices are presented as a failure of character, or irreversible. The book acknowledges that we eat junk food in the first place because it's tasty. The conversations that take place in the book, about healthy eating and getting active, are similar to real-life conversations my husband and I have: ones that usually come about shortly after Christmas or a vacation, when we step on a scale for the first time in months, and realize we've overindulged.
My daughter seems to appreciate this story; she asks for it a lot. I think it's deepened her understanding as to why I've been telling her "no chocolate for dinner". She's a little more willing to ask for a piece of fruit these days, if I tell her she can't snack on junk. And I guess reading the book to her has reminded me of my own role to play, in making sure she eats right.
Muy buen mensaje de no comer comida chatarra para los ninios.
Me ha ayudado a que mi hija pequenia no coma dulces siempre recordandole la historia, despues de habersela leido.